August 2021 Forecast and Third Quarter North Node Horoscopes

AUGUST 2021 FORECAST

August 2021 offers seemingly tame transits compared to the past eight months. Much continues to evolve beyond the veil, and these calmer energies support shifts arising from prior revelations and realizations. Sometimes “calm” months prove most eventful, bringing change in less traumatic, more deliberate ways than volatile transits might have triggered.

August 1-2 Sun conjunct Mercury, opposite Saturn. A call to commit: will we follow through with the work and reorganization revealed as necessary for future success? How do we interpret and understand the individual’s role vs. authoritarian and/or societal pressures? These are not rhetorical questions. Pay attention to personal insights that arise through collective themes.

August 6-7 Sun square Uranus. We’re not done with those questions. As Richard Bach said, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.” Sun in Leo square Uranus in Taurus brings an urge for individual freedom. Ongoing protests highlight this struggle in the public sphere, but it also occurs within. Beware of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Rash actions may not lead to desired results. Think evolution, not just re-volution. Spiral up instead of “spinning your wheels” or going around in circles.

August 8 New Moon in Leo at 9:50 a.m. Eastern. Spend time with people with whom you feel a sense of connection and togetherness. This might mean an email, text or phone exchange, joining a group meditation, or going to church. If you feel isolated in these divisive times, focus on the common experiences that draw us towards each other. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you feel it or not, you, too, are part of a greater whole. This New Moon occurs on the “8/8 Lion’s Gate,” a time of infinite manifestation and intention.

August 9-10 Venus opposite Neptune. With Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces, questions of service and values arise. Beware of any tendencies towards martyrdom, as this transit makes for easy exploitation. Pray for discernment when people tug your heartstrings. Not everyone who urges compassion practices it themselves. If you need clarity on relationships, try to postpone any firm decisions. Confusing energies surround love life, values and self-esteem. Good days for art and creativity, bad days to indulge addictive behaviors. If you feel disillusioned, create something beautiful instead of wallowing in disappointment. Allow harmony and transcendence to wash over you. In its highest expression, this transit could trigger dreams and inspiration.

August 11 Mercury opposite Jupiter. This transit favors extremist thinking and communication. Verbal demands could increase, as could holier than thou attitudes. A quick transit that reminds us to take whatever people say with a grain of salt. Finding the humor in situations can tip these energies in more positive directions.

August 10-11 Venus trine Pluto. Relationships intensify as the Goddess of Love moves into harmonious aspect with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. This transit makes us aware of deeper values and our primal need for intimacy. Creative projects receive extra subconscious fuel. We might experience “terrible beauty” or obsessive fascination. Encounters feel fated, even if short lived.

August 18-19 Mercury conjunct Mars. “Those are fightin’ words.” Information warfare ramps up, but we might finally find the will to say what must be said. A courageous time to speak out. Protests could intensify, especially about the right to free speech. If you don’t want to join a public protest, at least speak the truth to yourself within a song or journal.

August 19-20 Sun opposite Jupiter, and Mercury trine Uranus. These days favor unusual news and big opportunities. If you feel like you’re on a lucky streak, express gratitude and curb any tendencies to boast or gloat. Receive the most from these transits by keeping an open mind and heart.

August 21-23 Mars trine Uranus. This often volatile planetary combo grounds itself in earthy Virgo and Taurus, and the trine aspect brings harmony. Mars in Virgo brings a “git ‘er done” energy to rebel Uranus in Taurus. Instead of toppling the apple cart, we might plant an entire orchard. This transit bodes well for projects that feel long past due, yet right on time.

August 22 Full Moon in Aquarius at 8:02 a.m. Eastern. This is the second Full Moon in Aquarius this year. The first one occurred in very early Aquarius on July 23 or 24, depending on your timezone. This one occurs in very late Aquarius, just before the Sun moves into Virgo later that day. This is a void of course Full Moon, also known as a “Moon wobble.” Not the best time for big declarations or intentions. It is, however, an excellent time for meditation and connecting with the Cosmos. Allow yourself to participate as “an architect of peace.” The Sun in Virgo can then ground those insights into lasting habits.

August 23 Venus trine Saturn. A gentle, supportive transit that makes it easier to follow through on commitments. It also eases creative projects into tangible form. This is a good day to nourish your skin and enjoy dressing in classic styles.

August 24-25 Mercury opposite Neptune. Oh, the confusion! Information overload. What’s real, what’s not? If you feel like you’re losing your mind, you’ll find it much easier to use your right brain than your left brain at this time. If you lose your car keys or forget something “important,” realize that higher forces are at work. What dissolves or fades away because of this “mistake” or “leak” needed to go anyway. This transit favors transcendent communication and worldviews. Examine the details some other time. For now, pay extra attention to dreams and symbols. Let your intuition guide you without the need for strict interpretation. That can come later, but it won’t come now — at least not with any accuracy. Feel into possibilities of a bigger picture beyond your current level of understanding.

August 26 Mercury trine Pluto. As the miasma begins to clear, expect some deep revelations and new understanding about formerly hidden things. Words carry extra power and magic.

August 28 North Node conjunct Black Moon Lilith. The (True) North Node meets (True) Black Moon Lilith, demanding the collective consider issues of sovereignty, abuse, women’s reproduction, the Dark Feminine, Wild Woman, and Shadow themes. The best way to handle Lilith energies is to honor your body. Don’t try to override it with your mind. Avoid autoimmune and histamine reactions by trusting your body’s response and following that guidance.

August 30 Mercury enters Libra. A return to civil discourse? Maybe. Libra values cooperation and compromise. Libra holds the balanced scales of Justice. Mercury in Libra can also spin things so they seem less harsh and ugly. Mercury will spend extra time in Libra this year due to retrograde action from September 27 – October 18.

How August’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

THIRD QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 offers a chance for rebirth. With wounded healer Chiron still transiting Aries, Pluto still squaring from Capricorn, Saturn sextiling from Aquarius, and Venus and the Sun in Libra (your South Node), this quarter could feel intense. Add to that the supportive activation from the transiting nodal axis, and Aries North Node natives will feel pressured to release, heal and move forward. “Intense” does not mean “negative.” Your Libra South Node interprets intensity as “bad,” but this is not the case for you. Aries thrives on intensity and challenge. You yearn to find better ways to get ahead — financially, in your health, in relationships, and in any latent goal. Own that ambition! You can transform desire into courage. Allow yourself to want and seek. This will feel unnatural or even “wrong” sometimes, but your soul desires more individuation this lifetime. When you take necessary action, you empower others to live in more authentic ways for them. They may learn to do things themselves, or develop other partnerships that meet their needs. You do you. Co-dependence hobbles you and makes you miserable. Aim for excellence and let the chips fall where they may. Make room for pleasant surprises.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 turns up the heat on Taurus North Node natives. In addition to a seven year stay of revolutionary Uranus in Taurus, squares from Aquarius and Leo add friction to your nodal axis. Questions will arise about where you’re headed and where you’ve been. Expect some changes in the way you think about the world, but these new energies will work to your benefit. We live in unprecedented times. Your North Node sign asks you to ground lightning strikes of inspiration and radical change into solid, grounded, Earth-loving pursuits. When in doubt, always come back to the Earth Element. Your Scorpio South Node PTSD might feel triggered this quarter, but you’re not here to crash and burn. You came here to live well. You already know about loss and recovery. Your soul wants to experience hope and the rewards of slow, steady movement “as if.” It’s OK to plan for your future. Find ways to build a sense of safety and security. Nurture growth. Your sign’s ruler, Venus, will transit Libra — the other sign she rules — from August 16-September 10, 2021. This transit empowers Venus, and her energies will quincunx your North Node. Make the most of this energy by creating or enjoying more beauty around your home and body.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: As the transiting North Node continues to move through Gemini, the stars align to get you back on path. Your experiences link closely to the collective right now. It might help to ponder the phrase, “As Within, So Without.” Do this with curiosity, not judgment. Your Sagittarius South Node can easily slip into the blame game, and that saps your energy. You can bring the best of the past into a new form in the present. This intense North Node Return every 18 years or so works in your favor. Whatever or whoever falls away does so because they’re not on path for you. “If not this, then something better” is not just a catch phrase. It becomes a guiding force when the transiting North Node passes through your sign. July encourages you to get grounded. This will improve your health and confidence. If you feel like taking a time out in August, follow that nudge. The dog days of summer make for good siestas or even a mini road trip. With a Gemini North Node, you don’t need to go far away to “get away.” Little trips shift your perspective and give a quick recharge. You’ll also save money, so small adventures allow more frequent forays. Above all, you need to add some fun into your life. Don’t get hung up on what’s supposed to be fun. Just focus on little moments of delight.

CANCER NORTH NODE: This quarter starts strong for Cancer North Node natives, with the Sun shining light in Cancer until July 23. The New Moon in Cancer on July 9-10 offers a karmic reset to help you plan for your future. Nostalgia may arise. Seek to balance the best of the past while also acknowledging where you’ve outgrown it. Allow yourself to daydream a little, then spin those fantasies into action. Uranus continues to sextile mid-Cancer from Taurus, bringing an urge to purge, in preparation for the softer side of life. Instead of judging yourself, experiment with viewing yourself in a new light: fresh, innocent. What qualities are you midwifing into being? You’ll recognize balance by how contracted or expansive you feel. Sometimes contractions trigger birth, so pay attention to emotional messages behind any apparent restrictions. Look for overall trends rather than freaking out if you feel the need to readjust. Shifting focus or needing support does not denote failure. Cancer North Node natives need to find a balance between loneliness or over-responsibility for others vs. cozy cooperation. If something stretches your comfort zone, lean into vulnerability. Share your limitations and ask for help. That stiff upper lip no longer serves you.

LEO NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 ramps up your positive North Node activations. Think “mastery.” Hone your craft and embrace those talents. July invites you to deepen your sense of purpose. Find a balance between form and function. Something should look and sound good, but it also needs to work! Full commitment will yield more satisfying results. Increased love of self and others pervades August. Your hard work in relationships begins to pay off as you integrate masculine and feminine, active and passive energies within yourself. Follow your heart, Leo. It leads you well. Take pride in your appearance, too. Really, you are worth it. September brings a chance to “level up” in all areas. Accept opportunities to dance in the spotlight — metaphorical or otherwise. Give yourself permission to engage anything that makes your heart smile. Earlier efforts bear fruit, and it tastes sweeter when you love who you are and what you do. Leo North Node natives know how to tap into the Aquarian energies of 2021 while adding just the right pizzazz. Don’t be afraid to stand out. It’s your destiny.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: This quarter reminds Virgo North Node natives to focus your mind on what you do want, then follow through with whatever steps you can take right now. When you mentally link something under your influence to something beyond your control, the tiniest shifts can start a chain reaction. Beware of your tendency to carry everyone else’s burden. Sometimes that weight grows too heavy. Practice discernment about which tasks are really essential, versus ones that only seem to fall to you. Your Pisces South Node surrenders to it all, whether or not you like it, and whether or not that fits who you’re becoming. Virgo sometimes earns a reputation of being too critical, but your life path requires you to decide what you do or do not want to experience. You don’t need to accept it all; in fact, you’re not supposed to. You don’t need to be all things to everyone. Boundaries allow you to frame relationships in ways that benefit all involved, including you. Use September’s New Moon in Virgo to clear the miasma. When in doubt, check in with your body. What does it tell you about this situation or relationship? Follow your body’s lead, then check in with your mind. When in doubt, the physical and mental realms guide you better than emotions or a too passive spiritual approach.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 invites you to “pay it forward.” Think “random acts of kindness” and even “service done in secret.” It’s not about personal accolades or taking credit. You’ll find extra satisfaction when you balance scales without making a big deal of it. As the transiting North Node, Saturn and sometimes Jupiter continue to trine your North Node sign, use this quarter to reassess how you give and receive. Venus, your sign ruler, graces Libra from August 16-September 10, 2021. Allow yourself to revel in beauty, harmony and creativity. You don’t always need to fight your way through. You can use your inner fire as a creative spark that brings into being more of the things you love. If you relax from trying to push so far ahead, you’ll find yourself on higher ground, and in good company. As Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Supportive energy from Aquarius makes you more innovative than usual. Look for partnerships that bring out the best in each of you. When you focus on grace, ease and love, you elevate life from mere survival to something exquisite.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Use this quarter to focus on feeling safe, secure and discreet. If the world seems like too much right now, then allow yourself a quiet retreat. Take five minutes — or five days — to focus on the cycle of your breath. In, then out, then in, then out. Ride the wave of the breath, and allow it to carry you to distant shores. If you feel trapped, ask to recognize the root of your illusions, and to see your way forward. You’re in a phase of friction, with intense energies squaring your nodal axis. Squares feel uncomfortable, but they produce results! Work these energies to your own advantage. Intuition serves you well, so pay attention. Whenever you see a “problem,” intend to recognize and receive the solution. Sometimes relief will come through other people, and that’s OK. Sometimes you’ll find relief through a deeper connection with your own unconscious or a mystical encounter with the Divine. Your soul wants you to realize how much support you really have. Much of this support comes from the invisible plane, but it does exist. Get in touch with your passions. Who or what gives you courage? Step into your own power by honoring the depth of your experience. Affirm to yourself, “I am strong.” Because you are.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 urges you to take the best of the past in preparation for a joyful, wise and strong future. As the transiting North Node continues to move through Gemini, you might feel 180 from most people you know. As always — but especially now — your inner guidance will lead you in better directions than mainstream anything. Deepen your connection with kindred spirits, and take time to dance instead of just plodding through life. When the urge for introspection arises, trust that this, too, is necessary and right for you. The transiting South Node, karmic Saturn and wounded healer Chiron bring a “fated” feeling to your encounters. This past year through December 2021 offers subtle (and sometimes dramatic) course corrections. Look back nine and eighteen years ago for insights into potential upgrades from old patterns. Who or what makes you feel strong? In which ways do you inspire and uplift others? Shine light in dark places. Your spirit soars when you find a philosophy of life that calms the chatter. If you feel overwhelmed by “monkey mind,” then mantra meditation can help. Pick a word or phrase in English, Sanskrit or whatever language triggers an expansive heart. Repeat, and ride into the zone.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: By late September, what seems like a loss in July will have revealed itself as a cosmic course correction. 2020’s intense dismantling, troubleshooting and restructuring prepared you to weather whatever storms arise. You can lean into your Cancer South Node intuition, but avoid getting lost in your emotions. Take a practical perspective, assessing what works and what doesn’t. Use the sword of truth to cut through confusion and maintain your integrity. Saturn rules Capricorn, and he’s the cosmic taskmaster. With Lord of the Underworld Pluto still in your North Node sign, Wounded Healer Chiron squaring from Aries, and all the July activity in Cancer, you’re not off the hook yet. Pay attention to anything that feels fated. This quarter might seem intense, but you can work these energies to your advantage. When in doubt, opt for “most efficient and functional.” Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty if you make delicious lemonade out of lemons. If your lemonade stand gains accolades, know that you deserve these. Nourish your skin this quarter, and do something to improve your posture. Practicing victory pose builds confidence and helps you step more into a leadership role.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 brings an unusual two Full Moon’s in Aquarius, adding extra energy to Saturn and Jupiter’s foray there. Your South Node also gets triggered by all the activity in Leo. Pay attention to encounters that seem fated. Some offer opportunities for new connection and collaboration, but just as many could involve release of old energies and karmic ties. Look back to mid-February 2021 to see which energies arose around the time of the New Moon in Aquarius. That was a super Aquarian time, and you’ve had six months to integrate those alignments. Take time to reflect on all the elements coming together. Who are you becoming? With Saturn retrograde in Aquarius until October 10, Third Quarter 2021 might still feel unfinished or restrained. Use this time to innovate and tinker with your “plans.” Whenever the North Node gets frequent or persistent hits, we feel the hand of destiny orchestrating events. Your ego might not like that, but your soul appreciates this course correction. Align your inner compass for the next 18 years.

PISCES NORTH NODE: This quarter begins with both of your North Node sign’s co-rulers in Pisces. Jupiter remains in Pisces until July 28, when he moves into Aquarius and then returns to Pisces on December 28. Neptune’s here for the long haul. Jupiter and Neptune make for extra strong Pisces energy, emphasizing beauty faith, and healing. July offers an introspective preview of 2022, so take notes on what you love and what you’d love to experience in more harmonious ways. When planning for your future, always leave room for the Great Mystery with a capital M. Your Virgo South Node wants to know what’s next — along with all the how’s — but that attitude leads to misery. You’ll feel more inspired, grounded and abundant when you prioritize the spiritual and emotional above the material and mental. August could challenge you with continued squares from the transiting nodal axis, as well as quincunx energy from Leo. Whenever you feel worried or discouraged, start a gratitude list. Your Virgo South Node loves lists! A gratitude list not only gives you something to do, it also reminds you of a much larger story unfolding through your life. Quiet power is still power. Allow the still, small voice to guide and soothe.

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